“The thing I took away [from the suicide-prevention training] was using the appropriate wording when talking about suicide prevention …
“I didn’t know that saying ‘commit suicide’ was insensitive until this meeting. That definitely informed me and helped combat the stereotypes around mental illness.”
“Instead of saying ‘someone committed suicide’ it’s more sensitive to say ‘someone died by suicide,’ taking the blame or decision making out of it.”
More prevention, training and mental health resources are available from:
- NAMI – Georgia
- Georgia Parent Support Network
- and of course the Georgia DBHDD offers many other resources, including the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225 (24/7).
Teens can download the free MyGCAL app for text and chat support, too, from wherever you get apps.
Video production and editing by Defne Tanyildiz. Additional video production support by Aidan Ventimiglia.